Bitter Disenchantmentby Shawntelle Madison
Werewolf Natalya Stravinsky's outspoken sidekick, Aggie McClure, is featured in this prequel novella. Before Agatha set foot in South Toms River, New Jersey, she had the fight of her life to face. Destined to be the alpha female over her Manhattan pack, Aggie was fully prepared to take on her role until her father arranges a marriage without her consent. She wants out… See more details below
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Werewolf Natalya Stravinsky's outspoken sidekick, Aggie McClure, is featured in this prequel novella. Before Agatha set foot in South Toms River, New Jersey, she had the fight of her life to face. Destined to be the alpha female over her Manhattan pack, Aggie was fully prepared to take on her role until her father arranges a marriage without her consent. She wants out–but the only way is with money–something her new controlling husband won’t give her to escape. But such odds never kept a wolf like Aggie down. To sever the twisted tie, she finds herself pitted against raging wood nymphs and backstabbing brownies in an underground supernatural fighting ring. With every victory, the sweet taste of freedom is closer, but her husband isn't willing to let her go that easily. Until the very end, Aggie must fight for the one thing she's never had: a choice.
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Stories by Shawntelle Madison:
HADLEY WEREWOLVES SERIES (Romantic Horror Novellas):
Book 1: Bitten by Deceit
Book 2: Bitten by Treachery
Book 3: Bitten by Vengeance (Coming soon)
COVETED SERIES (Urban Paranormal Romance)
Prequel Novella: Collected
Prequel Novella: Bitter Disenchantment
Book 1: Coveted
Book 2: Kept
Book 3: Compelled (Coming soon)
WARLOCK REPO MAN CHRONICLES (Urban Paranormal Romance)
Book 1: Repossessed (Coming January 20th, 2014)
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Meet the Author
Shawntelle Madison is a web developer who loves to weave words as well as code. She’d never admit it, but if asked she’d say she covets and collects source code. After losing her first summer job detassling corn, Shawntelle performed various jobs—from fast-food clerk to grunt programmer to university webmaster. Writing eccentric characters is her most favorite job of them all. On any particular day when she’s not surgically attached to her computer, she can be found watching cheesy horror movies or the latest action-packed anime. She lives in Missouri with her husband and children.
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I loved reading about Aggie. After I finished I went back and read Coveted and Kept again to see how things went for Aggie. Then, I got hooked on Natalya again. I'm ready for book 3, Compelled. I hope it has more story lines for Aggie or another book that focuses on her. She is much more than a supporting character. Thank you Shawntelle Madison and NetGalley for ARC.
Angie McClure is the daughter to the alpha werewolf of the Manhattan pack. She has been training to take over as the alpha female for years, but when her father agrees to an arranged marriage on her behalf, her entire world changes. She is no longer allowed to fulfill her role in the family's company, her new husband has taken her place and her only role is to have a child. She wants out of being an incubator for the next alpha and her only escape is money. Having no access to funds now that her new husband is in charge, Angie must fight in gaming rings to earn her escape. This was a dark, paranormal, shifter story. Angie’s journey to freedom is one of hardship and loss. I was emotionally moved by the circumstances that gained Angie’s freedom but didn’t understand or agree with some of the choices that were made by Angie as well as other characters in this story. I found Bitter Disenchantment a dark, fast paced, action packed adventure with an intriguing and enjoyable plot. I got to say I’m a little partial to the South Toms River locale since I grew up in Beachwood, the next town over... This ARC of Bitter Disenchantment was given to me by Shawntelle Madison in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication May 7, 2013.
Aggie is a sort of Mafia princess. Her father is the Alpha werewolf for a pack in New York. She's the only daughter and has been lead down a path to follow in her father's footsteps but as an Alpha Female. When the story begins, she is sort of working for him as a liaison. She's definitely got an independent spirit, due to her very strong Alpha mother but she's definitely lived the life of a princess. She's always well protected because she's always under a threat of being kidnapped or used for other nefarious reasons. The latest threat is that some spell-casters want to use her in a huge spell they have planned. As time goes on, Aggie is informed that her father had decided she is old enough to marry and he has picked out her mate. It's basically a supernatural arranged marriage in the most classic of terms. In Shawtelle's werewolf world, it's a very male dominated, old school rules, way of life. The women are looked on by the men as not much more then breeders and kept wives but times, they are a changin'. Aggie meets her would be suitor/husband and soon they make a love match. She agrees to marry him but soon after the marriage, her prince turns into a frog. She realizes that hubby only wants her as a broodmare and could care less about anything or anyone else. As his noose tightens, her independent spirit rises and Aggie realizes that she needs to get the heck out of this marriage and away from New York but when your money, means and life belong to someone else, what are you going to do? Being female, I found this story so empowering, I wanted to hit my husband for just being male *I didn't of course*, love ya hubby! I loved that even though the circumstances were something a lot of women find themselves in, Aggie would not stop until she found a way out. She knew she couldn't rely on anything or anyone to save her, so she did whatever she had to do to survive and change her life. What Shawntelle specifically brings to this story is the plight of abused women but not abuse in the physical sense. In this story, there are 3 very different stories of women, sacrifice and horrific abuse. She sheds a light on women who are emotionally, mentally and socially abused. Women who are held captive by circumstances or because it's what's expected or what's best for a crappy situation. Even though the subject matter is hard to read, the strength that comes to light from these women in horrible circumstances shines brightly through the ugliness. I applaud Shawntelle Madison for taking on such a horrible but much needed subject matter and weaving it expertly through her supernatural story. We women can overcome anything with the strength of our soul
The author decided to break some of the most well known rules about shifters specifically wolves. Straying from the party line in fiction isn't a bad thing but I think it was to the detriment of this plot. Making jigsaw puzzle pieces fit by biting off a bit just to keep the story flowing made the sub-plots less enjoyable. The main character is an overprivileged shifter with an eating disorder and the will of a wet blanky. She is a supposed alpha female but does nothing but bow down and follow orders given to her by males. That brings me to the alpha males in the story.Let's just say they would be easily recognisable walking down the street toting their 'We are misogynistic tossers, yield to our global power' T-shirts. Not a charming hero amongst the lot of them. If that wasn't enough the main character Aggie shows her selfish and thoughtless side when it comes to her friends. Who needs enemies with friends like Aggie. It felt as if the author was skating close to the new fad of abusive men are the new pseudo hero/bad guy and are attractive to women,which seems to be very en vogue in the popular YA and NA books right now. I think the inconsistencies in the shifter world might irritate some readers.I do think there is potential, but to be a really good supernatural story the author needs to delve deeper into pack laws and skate a little less frequently on the men are sexy when they treat women like doormats scenarios. I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.